Hasan ibn cAli ibn Ahmad Babavaih
Fritware, overglaze luster-painted
48 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. (123.2 x 59.7 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1909 (09.87)
This set of three molded luster tiles that, arranged vertically, represent a mihrab (prayer niche), was originally set in the tomb of cAbd al-Samad in Natanz, as was the rectangular calligraphic tile (12.44). The inscription on the spandrels identifies the panel as a work of Hasan ibn cAli ibn Ahmad Babavaih, a tile maker from Kashan who was responsible for the interior decoration of the mausoleum. Quranic inscriptions are copied all around and in panels within the tiles, including the arch itself, which represents the stylized word fasayakfikahum ("and He will suffice against them").